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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Thankful for the Hostility

Updated: Jan 17, 2021

“17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. “ (Galatians 5:17 New King James Version).

The flesh desires, or sets its heart on things against the Holy Spirit Who lives inside of us, and the Holy Spirit Who lives inside of us desires, or sets His heart on things that are against the flesh. Thus, the Holy Spirit and the flesh are hostile to one another. They are enemies, both unfriendly and opposed to each other.

When we say the flesh, we are talking about our sin nature; that part of us that has not come to know Jesus the Christ or salvation. The flesh is who we used to be before we met Jesus, whether we ran the streets getting into trouble, fornicated, were drunks, drug abusers, liars, thieves, murderers, cheaters, etc. You get the picture. The flesh is all that mess that used to define us in the past. Now we are known as Christian, saved, and Holy Ghost filled, praise GOD! But, that’s not who we used to be, and therein lies the hostility.

The person we are now is governed by the Holy Spirit Who lives inside of us. Yet, the old person we used to be still rears its ugly head every now and then even though we know the flesh (our old sin nature) is dead. It died on the cross with Christ. So, how does it still affect and try to influence us to do wrong?

The Old Sin Nature

The bible says, “23 Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.’ ” (Luke 9:23 NKJV). Daily means every single day of the week. Jesus was telling the crowd that it is work to follow Me! He told the crowd that they had to deny themselves. That word deny in Greek means to disown, to forget yourself, to lose sight of yourself, and your self interests! It’s like being married to someone, and then walking away as if you never knew them.

We are all married to ourselves. Jesus said it’s time for a divorce. You have to turn your back on your old ways, your old life, and your old way of living. You have to turn your back on the you that you loved so much. The you that was doing crime. The you that was living without a care about who or what you ruined. The you that ran around hurting people without a second thought. The you that was putting all types of poison in your body and calling it fun. Yeah, we all have that you, but it’s time to put that you to rest before that you puts you to rest!

Speaking to that point, Jesus said, “24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” (Luke 9:24 NKJV). This means if a person wants to save, protect, preserve, and insist on remaining who they are without inviting the positive change that Jesus brings to our lives by choosing Him over ourselves, then this person will lose their life literally. They will die in their sin and be in hell.

This is because we have free will. GOD has given us the choice to choose HIM or the world. HE will always love us, and HE proves that love by allowing us to keep our free will. HE loves us so much that HE sent HIS Son to die so that we would not have to burn in hell for our sins, and so that we would be free to love HIM back and do HIS will. Yet, it is that same love that will allow HIM to step back and give us the freedom to choose HIM, to choose salvation, or this world and death. We are not slaves, but children of our loving Father in heaven. Even if we don’t realize that, or even like the idea of a heavenly Father because of our negative experiences with our earthly one, or even the lack of having one. Fortunately for us, that still doesn’t change Who HE is.

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV). The thief represents the devil. The devil desires to steal, kill, and destroy us. Satan loves for us to enjoy the world; to enjoy it so much that we don’t want to change our lifestyle even though it’s killing us. A lifestyle that we may like, but at what cost?

The apostle Paul said it like this, “20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom.” (Romans 6:20-21 New Living Translation). He goes on to say, “23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NLT).

As I look back over my life and see where the LORD has brought me from, I can’t help but shout and praise! Though sometimes I have cried because of the horrible things I did, the people I hurt, and lives I negatively affected, including my own. I have even been moved by the Spirit to apologize to people I’ve done wrong from 20-30 years ago.

Paul tells us that the result of that life we enjoyed so much now has us ashamed of who we used to be and what we used to do. Yet, in the next verse we can praise GOD because HE didn’t let us stay there! GOD gives us the free gift of salvation in His Son Jesus, but here’s the catch. It’s not really free. We don’t have to pay anything to receive it, but it will cost us that life we love so much.

Going back to Galatians 5:17 at the beginning of this writing, you’ll notice the last part of the verse says, “so that you do not do the things that you wish.” For the people reading this who are saved, you know what Paul’s talking about. We are not able to go back and do the things we used to do. Or, if we have tried, it just isn’t the same. It doesn’t do it for us anymore. Like a minister once remarked long ago, “The shoe no longer fits. So, stop trying to squeeze your foot back in there. It will never fit again.” We love this new life with GOD so much that we have lost the taste for the old things. More than that, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. With Him, we can overcome any obstacle. With Him, we yearn for GOD more than the things of this world.

For the people reading this who are not saved, I have two words for you; try Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He has everything you need and more (Philippians 4:19). He will do more than you can ask or even understand (Ephesians 3:20).

Greater is He that is in Us

Because the Holy Spirit is against the flesh, I can’t do what my old sin nature wants to do because He provides opposition. He is the watchman of our souls. When an evil thought creeps up, the Holy Spirit is right there. Thank GOD for the opposition! Thank GOD for the beef (as we used to say growing up when there was hostility between people)! When I want to do wrong, the Spirit is right there leading me in the right direction. He provides the fight, the objection that allows me to make a better decision.

Paul supports this by saying in the previous verse, “16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16 NKJV). This is a promise. We will not fulfill the lust of the flesh if we walk in the Spirit. Indeed we cannot. What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? It means to be led and guided by Him. It means to do exactly what the Holy Spirit tells you to do when He tells you to do it. If He says go right, go right. If He says don’t make that call, don’t make it. If He says go clean your mom’s house, go clean it.

Walking in the Spirit guarantees us the victory as long as we choose to listen. The Holy Spirit inside of us is greater than any test, temptation, or evil spirit in the world. “ 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (I John 4:4 NKJV).

Look at that verse closely. It says we have overcome them. That is the past tense. Things in the past have already happened. So, it means that even though the encounter, trial, or test may not have come to you yet, when it does you’ve already won! That is the meaning of, we have the victory! It is a fixed fight! Hallelujah! Glory to GOD! We win every time if we follow GOD. As the saying goes, “Who wouldn’t serve a GOD like that!?”

30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ “ (Matthew 14:30-31 NKJV).

It happens so quickly in the spirit that we don’t even fully realize what we have been saved from. As soon as the contrary thought comes, the Holy Spirit is right there giving us the better option. If we listen and follow, we are grabbing the hand of Jesus like Peter, and being saved. If we do not listen, we sink and deal with the messy consequences. Again, thank GOD for the hostility!

Won’t you make Jesus your Lord and Savior today? Below is a brief outline of how to go about it if you are not sure. I am praying with and for you as you are led of GOD. Salvation awaits! Be blessed as you talk with your heavenly Father today. Amen (it is so, may it be fulfilled).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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